Rahab was a Harlot who was blessed because she served God’s servants.
Hope you enjoy today’s devotion.
The thought many Christians have is that only Christians can be a help to other Christians. God doesn’t always use Christians to do the serving of other servants. One of the best examples in the bible is the story of Rahab. Rahab was a harlot who applied her trade in the town of Jericho. When the children of Israel made their triumphant entry into the promised land, the first obstacle they faced after the Jordan river, was the town of Jericho. Joshua, being a wise military leader sent spies into the city to find out all the military intelligence he could. While the two spies were there, the leaders of the city spotted them. They would have caught and killed them had it not been for the helping hand of a woman who lived her life in a sinful state of adultery. She took them into her home and hid them on the roof. When the leaders of the city came and asked where they were, she lied and told them the men had left just before the gates closed. She then made a covenant with the two spies that when their God gave them the city that they would spare her life. The spies agreed and told her that anyone who was in her house when the city fell would be spared. She was to hang a crimson rope in the window so that they would know she was there. She then let them down the wall with that same crimson rope. When God brought down the walls of Jericho, Joshua sent the two spies to find Rahab and fulfill their promise to her. When they came into her home they found not only Rahab, but her Father, her Mother, and her brethren as well as all she had. They took her family and put them in their camp.
What a great story of God using someone who had never been a servant of God, but who saw the undeniable truth and became a believer through circumstances that were out of the ordinary to say the least. What we can see is that God had to be dealing with Rahab for her to accept the inevitable. Everyone in Jericho knew the children of Israel were coming. They had heard all the stories and had probably sent spies to see the host of people for themselves. But Rahab was the only person in the city who believed and took action. She took the spies in and was willing to risk her life because she saw that Jehovah God was going to give the city to the Israelites. She risked her life for God’s servants because she knew that was the only way she could save herself and her family. Isn’t this a beautiful picture of someone who doesn’t know for sure what they need, but they realize that only God can give it to them.
She accepted the salvation of the Israelites, not because of their great army, but because of their great God whom they served. When you read the context of the battle of Jericho, you realize that nothing the spies found out had any bearing on the battle plans. God gave Joshua the exact details of what to do and how to do it. He told Joshua how many times to walk around the city, how many days they should walk around the city, and what to do with the treasure of the city when they defeated it. Then why did the spies have to go into the city in the first place? Could it have been that they went to not spy out the city, but to save Rahab. This harlot who everyone would have looked down upon because of her occupation, saved the spies lives and the lives of her entire family. This also gives credence to the fact that sometimes the actions of the woman helps bring salvation for the family because nowhere in this part of Rahab’s life is a husband mentioned. Not only did she save the lives of her family, but she married into the children of Israel and is mentioned along with Ruth in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. You never know what your service to other servants might mean both to them and your families. Rahab sought to save herself and her family. But because she served the servants and believed in God, she was given the great distinction of being in the family tree of our Savior. Remember this when you wonder if you should serve God’s servants. Perhaps your service might bring about greater blessings than you could ever imagine.